Well, I’m not sure where this week went. I was convinced it was Thursday when I got home on Friday evening – that was a pleasant surprise!
In terms of teaching, I think I made a whole week in the classroom! My Science Plus class were amazing on Monday as we made copper – the suggestions were great, even if i did lead myself into a corner when trying to find out if they knew that gold comes from the ground.
Me – Where does gold come from?
A – The jewellery shop.
Me – So, where did they get the gold from to make the jewellery?
A – Pirates.
Me – and where did they get the gold from?
A – Their treasure chest!
R – They stole it!
The rest of the teaching week passed without incident, I got a gold star for having all of the associated Annual Review paperwork with the admin lady within an hour of the last review finishing (go me!) and we all did lots of Christmassy things in our classroom.
However, the non teaching bit, not so good. I spent another day at my new school. We could have done what I’d gone for in a couple of hours, but people kept interrupting, disappearing and generally being not helpful. I don’t think I saw my new HT doing any work at all, he kept disturbing us and it was all rather frustrating. Add to that my other new colleague got a right slagging off (how unprofessional!!) from others and I’m really beginning to have second thoughts about this move. I wanted to leave because I was miserable. In fact, this half term has been rather good – is that because I’m settling in to what I am doing or because I know that I am going? I don’t know. I do know that I have a mountain to climb at the new place. It’s an MLD school that appears to work in a very mainstream way and we need to address that. Behaviour is not always good, but I’m starting to wonder if perhaps, in some cases, it’s because we are not addressing the sensory needs of our ASD pupils. The timetable doesn’t appear as flexible as perhaps it could be. There are two challenges for me to start with, I suppose. Time to start thinking positive!
Lately on twitter I've seen a recurring theme in the blogs of educators. That theme is Leadership bashing. All school SLT are grouped together and thrown in to a communal sin bin. As a member of SLT I've kept quiet about this for a long time. At first I thought that some schools must have some dreadful leaders and I pitied the staff and children in those schools.